TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, November 05, 2020:
A structure consisting of an upright post with a cross beam used as an instrument of death; the means by which Jesus died to make atonement between God and man.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friend.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Today we will remember the death of Jesus. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and every believer should be so grateful for what He did for us
And then on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. This is the day that we remember, the Resurrection of Jesus from the tomb. Without the resurrection, Jesus would be just another great teacher and we would not have the gift of eternal life that can come only through Him.
Jesus performed many miracles but the death of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the dead is the greatest of His miracles and the most important. Just think, where would we spend eternity without the death and resurrection of Jesus. What comfort would we have living on this earth without this happening? On this November day, just three weeks before Thanksgiving, let us also suggest that you consider, as a believer in Jesus, celebrating Easter every day.
The good news of Easter was that out of love for us, the Father has provided a place of safety for us. He sent His Son Jesus to die so we would not have to be separated from Him forever. Because of the death of Jesus on the cross and three days later His resurrection from the dead that place of safety is available to us. The big question for you today is, “Have you run to the cross?” To escape sin’s curse, you must run to the cross.
In the verse above we read about one laying down his life for another. To give your life so another person can live is the ultimate proof of love and the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus told His disciples that His purpose in coming into this world was to lay down His life for all mankind. This was for every man, woman and child ever born. He set the ultimate example of self-sacrifice by going to the cross to lay down His life for us. Yes, there is no greater love than this.
Have you ever given any thought to the fact that Jesus did that for you? He died in your place and in so doing He not only proved His love for you but made it possible for you to be forgiven of your sins and to have an eternal home in heaven.
The song writer George Bernard, who we met personally many years ago, wrote these words in his song, “The Old Rugged Cross:”
“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame; And I love that old cross where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain.”
Christ’s sacrifice was what God desired and our sin required. If you are not a believer accept Jesus into your heart today and make this day the greatest day of your life.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Corinthians 13:1.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
I rejoice, dear God, for what You have done for me. Thank You for sending Your Son to this earth to pay the penalty for my sin. It is the ultimate and greatest gift that I will ever receive and I praise You for it. Thank You that we can celebrate Your resurrection every day because You have conquered death and You are risen from the grave and are alive today. Thank You for now preparing for me and my family a place in heaven to spend an eternity with You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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